Bahrain Tourism ( Official government tourism page.

Bahrain Culture ( Official government site for culture and antiquities.

Bahrain Events and Festivals ( Government site listing all forthcoming events.

Clickbahrain ( Privately run island guide.

Lonely Planet ( Comprehensive coverage of the island.

Gulf Daily News ( Popular English-language newspaper.

Time Out Bahrain ( Comprehensive local listings.

Bahrain This Month ( Comprehensive local listings.

What to Take

  • A sun hat or scarf.
  • A day bag.
  • Comfortable walking sandals.
  • UK-style three-pin electrical adaptor.
  • Critical dive equipment if planning to dive.

What to Wear

Bahrain is a very hot destination so when you're out exploring wear loose, light, clothing that covers your arms and drops below the knees, that way you can also visit the excellent mosques. In the bars and restaurants of the capital you can dress as you like, though shorts and flip-flops will be deemed too casual, so reserve your beachwear for the pool and private resorts. Although Bahrain is used to non-Muslim expats, this is a Muslim country and many people retain conservative views, especially outside the liberal bubble of Manama, so be sure to dress modestly when moving around the rest of the country.

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months past your arrival date.
  • Check that you are eligible for a visa on arrival.
  • Ensure you have adequate health insurance cover.
  • Check your travel insurance covers you for diving if you plan to dive.
  • Book your Formula 1 tickets in advance.